“Let us learn in order to teach. Let us learn in order to do!”
The Valley Temple has three different Hebrew classes for adults: two on Tuesday evenings and one on Sunday mornings. In addition, there are seminars on a variety of topics taught by either our rabbi or a scholar from the University of Cincinnati Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), or a visiting scholar. Past topics have included: Talmud, basic Judaism, prayer, understanding the Prophets, Jews on Broadway, Abraham Lincoln & the Jews, George Washington & the Jews, Jewish humor, and the Jewish way in death and dying. Each semester we select a book for a book club-style discussion. In addition, there are regular gatherings as follows:
Torah Study on Saturdays at 9:30 AM – No experience required! Come explore and discuss the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Kopnick or a rabbinic student from HUC-JIR
Lunch & Learn –one Monday a month during the school year. Join Rabbi Kopnick to take a look at contemporary issues and their Jewish responses. Issues include hot topics from the news, Israel, and how to reconcile modern issues that were not anticipated when many Jewish laws were developed.
Adult Hebrew–three levels from beginner (no prior experience) to advanced. Come learn the language of our liturgy and the Torah! Beginning Hebrew on Sunday Mornings and Levels 2 and 3 on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.
New This Fall: Let’s read the Bible: We’ll start with the book of Joshua and read until we’re finished. First and Third Tuesdays starting after Yom Kippur.
Selichot – adult learning opportunity leading into the High Holy Days with a scholar-in-residence. Topics have included: Jewish A Cappella, Atonements, Apologies and Excuses: Saying ‘sorry’ in the 21st century, Prophets and Profits and the Economics of Enough, You Can Go Home Again: Memories, Meaning and Loss.